West Chester, PA – The Chester County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Charitable Fund. The Fund has been established by local Gold Star Families and Vietnam Veterans in memory of the eleven men from the West Chester area who gave their lives for our country in the Vietnam War. Scholarships will be awarded each year in honor of these individuals and to keep alive the memory of their sacrifice for our country. Family members of the first and last men from West Chester killed in the Vietnam War, CPL Ernest E. Orendorff Jr. USMC and Specialist 5 Nathanial Matthews, were instrumental in establishing this charitable fund.
Monies are being raised to fund an endowment fund for the scholarships. It is the Founders’ goal to raise sufficient funds to be able to award eleven scholarships each year in the name of each of these individuals. Donations may be made to the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o CCCF, 28 West Market Street
The West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Bishop Shanahan High School and/or West Chester Area School District High School seniors who have a family member who is a veteran. Applicants are asked to write an essay about their family member(s) who is a veteran and how their service impacted the applicant’s life, as well as describing how the applicant plans to honor the service of the family veteran in the future. Scholarships will be awarded each year on a competitive basis to a deserving student who maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and, in the judgment of the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Committee, best demonstrates financial need while exhibiting school and community involvement. The student must plan to attend college or a trade school. Interested applicants should to speak to their guidance counselor for more information on how to apply for this scholarship or reference the Chester County Community Foundation’s website at www.chescocf.org.
The list of those the scholarship honors is as follows: 2LT GENE SMEDLEY McMULLEN USMC Punahou Academy – KIA July 16, 1966
CPL ERNEST E. ORENDORFF JR USMC Bishop Shanahan High School – KIA August 3, 1966
LCPL BLAINE A. De BOARD JR USMC Henderson High School – KIA December 29, 1966 SPEC4 DAVID C. STANLEY USA West Chester High School – KIA September 14, 1967
MAJ LOUIS F. GUILLERMIN USAF West Chester High School – KIA April 30, 1968 LCPL DWIGHT DAWSON JOHNSON USMC West Chester High School– KIA MAY 4, 1968
SPEC5 PAUL L. COSGRIFF USA Bishop Shanahan High School –KIA October 21, 1968
PFC THOMAS MICHAEL MARCHAND USA Bishop Shanahan High School – KIA June 12, 1969
LCPL ELDIN G. BERGER JR USMC Henderson High School – KIA October 9, 1969 2LT ROBERT W. DONAHUE JR USA Archmere Academy – KIA November 28, 1969 SPEC5 NATHANIAL CARL MATTHEWS USA Henderson High School – KIA August 10, 1971
The West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship is a fund of the Chester County Community Foundation. Located in downtown West Chester, the Foundation leads, inspires and encourages organizations and individuals to contribute to lasting philanthropic charitable legacies. For more information regarding the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship or the Chester County Community Foundation, contact www.chescocf.org or 610-696-8211. Donations may be made to the West Chester Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o CCCF, 28 West Market Street, West Chester, Pa 19382 or online at ww.chescocf.org.